Tech Session – 2017

dvc_badge_unshaded_lrg_cmv1_v01  April 22, 2017

2017 Tech Session

On what was supposed to be a cloudy, dry, mild day, but was actually a cloudy, drizzly, and very chilly day, 27 stoic souls came to Dave’s Garage for one last Tech Session.

Attire was everything from winter jackets to shorts, but blue jeans ruled the day.  Eight brave men drove their MGs.  The rest came in regular, waterproof, heated , regularly inspected cars.

Oil was changed, spark plugs scraped, master cylinders replaced, brakes pumped, winches repaired.  The sound of “Where’s the wrench that fits?” was often heard, as was “He has so many tools, why can’t I find what I need??!?”

Spare parts were happily plundered, with Gloria’s blessing, usually with “Don’t you want to take more?”  Adam even latched on to a very heavy lawn roller – manual variety of course.

As is usual with this group, there was way too much tasty food, so no one went away hungry.

The brave souls include:  Tom Rippert, Peter Yakowski, Lee Wesner, Mike Peterman – 76 MGB, David Alderfer – 73 MGB, Jeff Rose – 73 MGBGT V-8, Robin Rose, Dave Johnston, Louise Story- 72 MGB, John Hunt, Donna Bristol, Garth Gill, Susan Gill, Jim Sanders, Pat Cawthorne  – 58 MGA, Lyn Hughes, Paul Phillips – MGBGT, Evonna Phillips, Lew Phillips, Cora Phillips, Otto Blavier, Ruth Blavier, Chuck Denlinger, Brian Gumpert –  67 MGBGT, Warren Doerner – 77  MGB, Chuck Daniels, Adam Ilnicki -52 TD.

I thank everyone for braving the elements.  It means so very much to me.  

— Gloria Schwab

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Anniversary Party – 2017

web_201703_Anniversary_20170311-150623  March 11, 2017

47th Anniversary Party

The club gathered at the Plumbsteadville Inn on Saturday, March 11th for the annual anniversary party. Enjoyed by all, after cocktails, was a delicious lunch selection of salmon, beef or chicken salad. A few of us received honors from Dick and Tom in the form of ‘O’wards for various events that demonstrated levels of ‘superior’ mechanical talent, lousy planning or just plain bad luck! In a solemn ceremony the DVC Book of Secrets was passed from the Yaskowski’s to Curtis and Sally Yokum. Who will be next year’s honorary recipients? Maybe you, come next year and find out.

Attending were: Mark and Janet Singer, Adam and Eva Ilnicki, Donna Bristol, Bill and Evelyn Webb, Gregg and Janice Lake, Brian Gumpert and his guest Sue, Jim and Diane Sanders, Chuck Denlinger, Wolfgang Fischer, Garth and Susan Gill, Curtis and Sally Yokum, Earl Wanklin, Dick and Sandy Suffredini, Jerry and Lee Keller, Tom and Jaimee Rippert, Pete and Nancy Yaskowski, Warren and Nancy Doerner, and Pat and Patty Cawthorne. We missed Goody Fischer and Barry Williams who were scheduled but unable to attend.

— Patty Cawthorne

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Merkel Museum – 2017

web_201702_Merkel_20170225-094933  February 25, 2017

2017 Merkel Museum Tour

Write-up is on the way…

 

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Theater Night – 2017

  January 20, 2017

“Lights Out” Sellersville Theater

On a chilly Saturday afternoon on January 20, a group of Delaware Valley MGers met in Sellersville to attend a 3 pm performance of a group called “Lights Out”, a Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Tribute Band.   Those who arrived early took walks around the small town of Sellersville as well as stopping in at the historic Washington House Restaurant adjacent to the theater.                                                   
                                                
The Sellersville Theater is a renovated historic movie theater, originally built in 1894.  
It has a rich and colorful history that is directly linked to its neighbor, The Washington House. Over 200 years ago, The Washington House began as a small farmhouse built on an ancient Lenni Lenape trail. Owned by Mr. Jan Jenson, it sat on land deeded from William Penn to Mr. Thomas Freame, who transferred 102 acres to Jenson in 1735. The property was later purchased by Samuel Sellers who enlarged the building and made it into a tavern. Henceforth, both the hotel and the town were known as Sellers Tavern. The site became a town center, serving as the first Post Office, hotel and stagecoach stop for the long journey between Bethlehem and Philadelphia.  The Theater served as a movie house for many years before being renovated in 2001.

The Tribute Band consisted of a four piece band as well as four performers appearing in front of a sold-out crowd.   It was fun to listen and move to rock and roll songs from the past originally performed by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons but also to a rendition of popular songs from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s.  The guys on stage were very entertaining and comical especially explaining “clench and thrust” in relation to the high pitched voice of “Frankie”.   Watching all the energetic dancing and gyrations on stage brought us all back to a little bit of the rocking past we all enjoyed in our younger days.  

Attending the performance were Pat and Patty Cawthorne, Jerry Keller (Lee was ill), Jim and Diane Sanders, Gudie and Wolfgang Fisher, Brian Gumpert and his friend, Peter and Nancy Yaskowski, Bill and Evelyn Webb and Adam and Eva Ilnicki.   We thank Eva and Adam for arranging this Blast from the Past!!

— Evelyn Webb

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Holiday Party – 2016

bm_201612_Holiday_20161203-192717  December 5, 2016

2016 Holiday Party

The weather outside wasn’t frightful, and the friends were so delightful. And since it did not snow, let us go, let us go, let us go.

And so we did… 67 DVC’ers gathered together on a chilly December 5th to again celebrate at our annual party. This year we all met at Generations in Souderton, a community center that ironically had once been a car dealership – Ford, not MG, but a dealership none the less. One of the nice things about the place was that we had it all to ourselves.

Lew and Cora got there early to make sure all was ready and to get the Christmas music going. They were shortly joined by Bob and Terri Tiley… and the load of raffle goodies. As she always does, Terri did an outstanding job of gathering all kinds of items for the raffle. Thanks, Terri! We don’t know how you do it, but we certainly appreciate it! (and hope you do it again next year… hint… hint… hint.)

As the members started to come in, we deputized some new raffle ticket sales people. Our tried and true ticket queens, Jaimee and Sandy, may have retired, but they graciously showed the new team the tricks of the trade as well as manned (ladyed?) the drawing bucket. Tickets of every color started to fill people’s hands and the tables as our crew sold away. The place started to look like a skee-ball palace at the shore with so many prizes and tickets!

The chatting between old friends (and a handful of new members) continued with the beer and wine keeping the wind pipes well lubricated. The only pauses were to down some of the delicious hors d’oeuvres that were being brought around to keep everyone nourished. But soon it was time to break out the real food, so our new Chairperson Patty called the party to order. Soon we were all sitting at our tables, eating chicken, salmon, or fillet… but still talking… and drinking.

Patty called us back to order as we finished off the last of the desert. It was show time! Time to see if she could fill the shoes of our long time Master of Ceremonies, Tommy! After some initial remarks, we were on to the drawing of the tickets. Patty did an admirable job of calling the numbers – and was even able to tell the green tickets from the blue ones (a problem that Tommy seemed to have last year). 🙂

Terri’s collection of raffle prizes (along with some donations from club members) took up several tables and required a crew to help distribute them as the numbers were called. I would swear that if it was just Patty calling numbers and Terri handing out prizes, we would still be there!

As we got to the end of the prizes and awarding of the ‘special prizes’, there was still one more ‘drawing’ to be held. The decorations for each table included two model MG cars – the last pieces from the Roy Dougherty collection (we miss you, Roy!). One was awarded to the person at the table whose birthday was closest to the party date… and the other to the person whose birthday was furthest away.

With the food eaten, prizes awarded, and members exhausted from chatting, the party wound down and we were back out on the road heading home… and starting the plans for next year!

We would like to thank Lew and Cora for setting up the event, Terri Tiley for gathering the prizes, Patty Cawthorne for emceeing, and our ticket sales and prize patrol for helping out. Lew and Cora would also like to give a special thanks to Christopher Lutz from ‘Catering by Christopher’ for all his help in arranging the venue and food.

(A little side note… After the event, Christopher mentioned that he remembered that I had told him that the DVC enjoys their beer and wine. Because of that, he brought more than usual for a party such as ours… and still ran out of some things! As he said, “Wow! I’ll know for next time!”)

— Lew Phillips

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